Thailand: Bangkok & Chiang Mai Retreat

Many Buddha statue on sunset landscape twilight


Itinerary

Day 01 – Arrive in Bangkok

Upon arrival at the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Intl. Airport, you will be met by your guide Ms. Joy and your driver, transfer by private air-conditioned minivan to your hotel for some time to relax.

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Ms. Joy

In the evening you will have a welcome dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Accommodation: Anantara Bangkok Riverside – Delxue Room with breakfast

Meals: breakfast, dinner


Day 02 – Bangkok

Introduction tour of Bangkok

The Royal Grand Palace & The Royal Temple are the perfect introduction to Thailand’s Architecture, Culture and Tradition, You will visit the highlight attractions around this complex such as:

– The Royal Temple (Wat Phra Kaew,
– The Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
– The Golden Chedi
– Pantheon of the Chakri’s Kings
– A miniature replica of Angkor Wat in Cambodia
– Coronation Throne Hall and Royal Reception Hall
– Wat Pho (The Temple of The Reclining Buddha) is one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok and still an important center for Traditional Thai Medicine and Traditional Thai Massages School.

Canal Tour: Take a Private Long Tail Boat, continuing your exploration of Bangkok along the bustling Chao Phraya River & quiet Klongs (Canals). Passing picturesque scenes of Thai River Life. By the river see Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn) which is an important landmark located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The main shrine, decorated with glazed ornaments and ceramics, rises 67 meters towards the heavens. Built during the beginning of the Rattanakosin era, the magnificent temple reflects the glory of the Thai culture.

Observing the local lifestyle you will be going to the Pak Klong Talad (Flowers & Vegetables Market). It is known mostly as a wholesale flower market serving everyone from flower vendors to florists, but it also has a good selection of fresh vegetables, which are bought in the pre-dawn hours to be transported to neighborhood markets around Bangkok for sale in the morning. Pak Klong Talad is the most important flowers & Vegetables wholesale market in town.

In the late afternoon, your guide will take you back to your hotel where you will have the rest of the day at your own leisure.

Accommodation: Anantara Bangkok Riverside – Delxue Room with breakfast

Meals: breakfast

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Day 03 – Bangkok

Half day tour to the Maeklong Railway Market & Damnern Saduak Florating Market

Early this morning (7:00am), your driver and guide will pick your group up at the hotel from where you will drive to the Maeklong Railway Market.

This is a unique local fresh market which takes place every day literally on the rail tracks. Just before the train arrives in the town, the market stallholders have to pull back their awnings and remove their produce from the tracks. They then have to repeat all of this when the train returns. Fortunately it is not a busy track. The train leaves four times and it arrives four times a day.

Damnern Saduak Floating Market: Thailand’s most famous floating market, “floating” because mostly the vendors are in small paddle boats. There are many of these boats with the vendors in characteristic straw hats coming and going on one day to sell their produces, mainly foods from the surrounding farms and household items.

Enjoy & Experience a private rowing boat ride along the floating market & local canal life. Tasting of some tropical fruits such as young coconut, rambutan, mango, durian, mangosteen & more.

You will be dropped off at your hotel at around 2:00pm for some time at your own leisure to relax and enjoy the beautiful pool area at the Anantara.

Time for a group sessionr: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

In the evening Ms. Joy, your guide, will meet you at your hotel to accompany you to the Scirocco Sky Bar located in the Lebua Hotel State Tower. After your time here, Ms. Joy will assist your group in returning to your hotel.

Transportation to and from the Sky Bar will be by boat.

Accommodation: Anantara Bangkok Riverside – Delxue Room with breakfast

Meals: breakfast

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Day 04 – Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Early this morning you will be picked up by your private driver and taken to the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport where you will board your domestic flight to Chiang Mai.

Upon arrival at the Chiang Mai International Airport you will be met by your guide Laily and your private driver who will take you to your hotel.

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Laily

You will have some time to rest and freshen up before you will be picked up in the afternoon for a Tuk-Tuk ride around the Chiang Mai Old City. This will include a local market. Afterwards you will drive to Doi Suthep which is the most beautiful temple in Chiang Mai, situated on the mountain side.

On the way, visit Palad Temple (Ancient Temple situated near the waterfall on the way to Doi Suthep Temple). Here you can have some quiet time before continue to drive to Doi Suthep Temple. Upon arrival, walk up the many stairs to Doi Suthep or take the Funicular (additional charge).

Evenings are usually much more quiet than during the day and you’ll have some beautiful view over the city of Chiang Mai.

At six o’clock you will experience the monks assembling in the hall for their chanting which is a serene and beautiful experience.

You will return to your hotel at around 7:30pm where you will have some time to freshen up before you go out for your welcome dinner at the Gallery Restaurant.

Accommodation: U Hotel Chiang Mai – Superior Room with breakfast

Meals: breakfast, dinner

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Day 05 – Chiang Mai

Doi Inthanon National Park, hike and Mae Klang Laung Karen Village

Pick up from your hotel at 8:00am to visit Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain (2565 meters above sea level), which offers beautiful scenery, evergreen forests, and impressive waterfalls.

Upon reaching the Doi Inthanon Summit we will stop at Wachirathan waterfall, by far the most beautiful and spectacular waterfall in the National Park. Next, you’ll visit the great twin royal stupas, which were built for the Royal Highness Majesties of the King and the Queen. The place provides a marvelous view of surroundings (dependent on weather conditions). Whilst at the highest spot, we will take a leisurely walk along the nature trail.

Lunch at the Lung Deang Restaurant

After lunch, at around 1:00pm, we will drive down hill and stop at the trekking point. Here you will be met by your private guide, Bo who lives in the Karen Hill Tribe village and begin walking through the National Park, through the forest for about two hours along a river, waterfalls and rice terracaes until your reach the Mae Klang Laung Karen village. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the Karen hill tribe village for an insight into their still primitive lifestyle.

After this experience, you’ll be taken back to your hotel in Chiang Mai where you will arrive at around 6:30pm.

The rest of the evening will be at your own leisure.

Accommodation: U Hotel Chiang Mai – Superior Room with breakfast

Meals: breakfast, lunch

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Day 06 – Chiang Mai

Meditation Program at the Suandok Temple

8.30am: Pick up from the U Hotel by Songtaew (local taxi) and transfer to the Suandok Temple
for your meditation course

9.00am: Meet the monks at Wat Suan Dok

9.30am: Introduction to Buddhism and meditation practice

10.15am: Meditation Practice (Private Group)

11.30am: Lunch (Lunch box); you’ll have lunch under the tree in the temple area

13.00pm: Meditation Practice

15.30pm: Discussion and end of the program

After the program you will be taken back by Songtaew to your hotel and the rest of the evening will be at your own leisure or some time for a group meeting to reflect on today’s experiences.

Accommodation: U Hotel Chiang Mai – Superior Room with breakfast

Meals: breakfast, boxed lunch

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Day 07 – Chiang Mai

Half day Elephant Experience at the Baan Chang Elephant Park

7.30am: You will be picked up from hotel and drive about 50 Km. North of Chiang Mai City to Baanchang Elephant Park

8.30am: Arrive at the elephant park where you will change your cloting and begin your unforgettable experience with the elephants.

You will be able to experience a daily health check, feed, take elephants for a walk to feed and excercise through the jungle, observe elephants resting in the natural environment.
At the end you will have the opportunity to bathe with and scrub your elephant.

At around 1:30pm you will have lunch at a local restaurant.

You will begin your drive back to the hotel at around 2:30pm and arrive back at your accommodation at around 3:30pm.

The afternoon will be at your own leisure.

In the eveing at 6:00pm walk across the street from your hotel to the Puntao Temple and experience the evening chant of the monks.

Accommodation: U Hotel Chiang Mai – Superior Room with breakfast

Meals: breakfast, simple lunch at elephant camp


Day 08 – Chiang Mai

Time for a group session: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Thai Cooking Course

You will be picked up in the afternoon from your hotel for a private Thai Cooking Course. On the way you will stop at the lcoal market to buy the ingredients for the meals you’ll be preparing. The cooking school is located 13 km from busy Chiang Mai in a peaceful and relaxing setting where many of the herbs and spices used in the classes are grown. You will learn how to cook Thai Food in a farm atmosphere where you have your own cooking station, knife, wok and clean utensils. You will be able to create all your own amazing sauces and typical Thai dished.

After you have enjoyed a nice dinner, eating the meals you have created, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel.

The rest of the day will be at your own leisure.

Accommodation: U Hotel Chiang Mai – Superior Room with breakfast

Meals: breakfast, dinner (cooking class meal)


Day 09 – Chiang Mai

Time for a group session: 9:00am – 11:00am

Today is at your own leisure. Some of the options available are a bicycle tour, massage by women prisoners, jewelery making etc.

In the evening you will have your farewell dinner at The Whole Earth Restaurant in Chiang Mai.

Accommodation: U Hotel Chiang Mai – Superior Room with breakfast

Meals: breakfast, dinner


Day 10 – Depart from Chiang Mai

Today it is time to say Good-bye to this amazing city. You will be transferred by private van to the Chiang Mai International Airport to board your flight taking you home.

For those who are going to Chiang Rai, you will be picked up by your private driver and guide to begin your journey North.

An unidentified children playing Kra Dod Cheark (the rope jumping)


Pricing Information

The pricing is based on 8 participants & 1 facilitator

Tour price: $ 3,450*

Single supplement: $ 870*

*(This price is just a guideline and will vary, depending on accommodations, season and customization)

Tour price includes:

  • 1 facilitator is free of charge for all services included in the itinerary
  • Hotel as listed in the itinerary
  • Daily breakfast
  • Welcome dinner in Bangkok
  • Welcome dinner in Chiang Mai
  • Farewell dinner in Chiang Mai
  • 2 x lunch
  • Dinner at cooking class
  • All private transfers per itinerary
  • All private tours per itinerary
  • Use of meeting room at U Chiang Mai
  • Guide to take you to the Skybar in Bangkok
  • Airline ticket budget for retreat leader: $ 1,500
  • Tipping budget: $ 500
  • Credit card fees
  • Tour price does not includes:

  • International airline tickets
  • Domestic flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai -approximate cost $ 100
  • Tips to drivers & guides
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Any additional tours & services
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    TERMS & CONDITIONS

    PAYMENTS:

    A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required two weeks after confirmation of land arrangements. This deposit is applied towards the total trip cost. Final payment is due 60 days prior to trip departure. Payment due dates are subject to change. Prices quoted are subject to change until paid in full. Airline tickets have to be paid in full at the time of the reservation.

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    About Ales

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    I’ve been passionate about travel ever since I can remember. Having had the opportunity to travel all around the world for many years it’s my greatest desire to enrich peoples lives in a profound way by creating unforgettable journeys, and give each of my clients the amazing experiences I’ve had throughout my travels.

    By allowing me to design your journeys, you can be assured that you will be taken care of from the moment we start planning your vacation until the moment you return. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions with regards to your itinerary or would like to have any changes made.

    May all your travels stir your soul and change your life forever – Ales.

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